OSU Today

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

H1N1: Be Prepared

President Ed Ray has posted a new message for the campus community on H1N1 Influenza and what we all should do now to ensure we’re prepared in advance of flu season. You’re urged to read the message here, http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/president/h1n1-prevention-9-10-09.html, on the president’s Web site. OSU now also has an H1N1 site at http://alert.oregonstate.edu/h1n1/

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Marine officer killed in Afghanistan was OSU grad (Oregonian)
He was born in Virginia, but Michael E. Johnson’s heart belonged to Oregon. Had he lived, family and friends think the 25-year-old Oregon State University graduate and fitness enthusiast — who loved to surf and to fish the rivers of Central Oregon — would eventually have called Oregon home.

Potato blight pathogen exposed, but scientists still understanding its virulence, adaptability

A team of scientists has broken the code to the pathogen responsible for the potato famine, which ravaged Ireland in the mid-1800s. “Scientists have studied this pathogen for 150 years and there’s still a great deal we don’t know about it,” said James Carrington, a professor and director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State University and a collaborator on the project.

OSU: Toxic algae in Elk Creek killed dog from Eugene (KPIC)
Tests confirmed blue green algae killed at least one of the two dogs that died along Elk Creek last month, according to Oregon State University. The two dogs from Eugene died suddenly after visiting Elk Creek near Elkton, Ore., in Douglas County. (See also KVAL and the Register-Guard)

Report: Contraception cheapest way to combat climate change (San Francisco Chronicle)
A 2008 study by Oregon State University concluded, “A person’s reproductive choices must be considered along with [their] day-to-day activities when assessing [their] ultimate impact on the global environment.”

OSU ‘Fire Academy’ shows how to keep the flames at bay (Gazette-Times)
The Resident Assistants who act as peer supervisors in the dorms at Oregon State University, have many duties you’d expect: directing students to campus buildings, mediating roommate conflicts and organizing activities.

Science Pub returns with talk on Hydrogen (Gazette-Times)
Science Pub will kick off the fall season with a lecture on Hydrogen from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept.14, at Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St.

Small sawmills help keep woodlands viable (Capital Press)
“Traditional saw log markets are expensive to get your logs to, and prices are low,” said Paul Oester, Oregon State University Extension forester for Union County.

New hyperspectral imager launched to International Space Station (Phys.Org)
The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) and Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System Experiment Payload launched Sept. 10, on-board the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Transfer Vehicle. Data will be archived at Oregon State University, which is the primary repository for distribution of HICO data products to civilian users.

Workouts on 20 machines feed the Cal State San Bernardino rec center’s power grid
(Press Enterprise)

Oregon State connected an inverter to 22 elliptical exercise machines last winter and they seem to be working fine, said Bill Callendar, the university’s assistant director of recreational sports.

SOREC’s open house is free fun for all ages (Mail Tribune)

Saturday is a good day to make your way out to 569 Hanley Road in Central Point because that’s the date of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center’s open house. There’s something for the entire family to enjoy, and it’s all free.

Plan on plenty of beer lovers and beer geeks at Septembeerfest (Democrat-Herald)

Proceeds from the festival go to Linn Benton Food Share and Oregon State University’s Fermentation Sciences program.


Transit & Parking Services will be closed all day today for a staff in-service day.

More than 180 photographs of wildlife found in North America are featured in the exhibit, North American Wildlife, now showing in the Giustina Gallery. The photographers, Sharon and Larry Rosenkoetter, are both affiliated with OSU. The exhibit, which is co-sponsored by OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will show through Sept. 30. An artist’s reception will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. It is free and open to the public.


Local nonprofit AIDS Service organization, Valley AIDS Information Network (VAIN) will host a fundraising event called Beach Blanket Babylon at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Osborn Aquatic Center’s Otter Beach, located at 1940 NW Highland Dr.  The family-friendly event is open to the public. Participants will have access to the Otter Beach section of the water park and hamburgers and sodas will be served. Admission is $20 for adults (18+), $10 for all students with student ID, and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult and a donation of a can of food. Food donations will be given to Linn Benton Food Share. The event will be emceed by local drag queen personalities LaVerne Lydell and Lucilla DeMoore.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Sept. 15, regarding a proposal to revise regulations governing the use of motor vehicles. The amendment would permit OSU to have vehicles towed that are parked in reserved parking spaces or handicapped spaces. The purpose of the hearing is to give the public a chance to provide feedback and comments on the proposed action. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Union 206. It is open to the public.

NEW! OPSRP members, how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

Science Pub-Corvallis presents “Hydrogen: Power Potential from the Most Unlikely Sources,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis. OSU researchers have charted a long and growing list of important advances in this area and are partnering with top scientists elsewhere on the leading edge of hydrogen power research. Roger Ely is among OSU’s leaders in the development of hydrogen power. An associate professor of biological and ecological engineering, he will speak on the topic of hydrogen power.

Amy Greenberg of Pennsylvania State University will speak on “1847: America’s First Antiwar Movement and why it mattered” at 4 p.m., Oct. 5 in the Memorial Union Journey Room as part of the 2009-10 American Culture & Politics speaker series.

Stormwater Management: One Backyard at a Time, a video and panel discussion, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s Main meeting room. For more information contact Adam Stebbins at adam.stebbins@co.benton.or.us
For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Classified employees are invited to attend the September general member meeting on Sept. 17, noon to 1 p.m. in MU-110. Details of the tentative collective bargaining agreement between the Oregon University System and SEIU will be presented. For further information, see the Local 503 website at http://seiu503.org/.

NEW! Recreational Sports fall sales have begun for membership, classes & lockers. See the fall schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports, click on “Term Schedule”. Payroll deduction is available to OSU faculty & staff who purchase a 9-month or annual membership between Sept. 8 and Nov. 6.  Download the form at  http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees or pick one up at the Recreation Services desk. The Recreation Services desk will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F.

NEW! The Research Office is requesting nominations for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2010. Guidance for preparation of nominations to the Research Office and full details for the Pew Scholars Program may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pew_biosci.html. Nominations should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 25. For more information call 541-737-8390.

NEW! Fall Term Staff Fee Privilege Deadlines Approaching. For employees whose departments have an operational Business Center, please submit your forms directly to your Business Center for processing.  For those that do not have an operational Business Center at this time, please submit your form to Central HR for processing.  Deadline information is located at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/deadlines.html.  To view contact information for Business Centers, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee.html

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office Oct. 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm For more information call Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund for Fall 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by Oct. 26. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm For more information call Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

Any interested international student or OSU professor who would like to create a cultural booth for the Sept. 19 International Peace Day Fair in Central Park can do so for free, by contacting Leah Bolger at 541-207-7761.

Announcing the brand new people.oregonstate.edu web site! What is changing?  ONID personal web sites, previously available at http://oregonstate.edu/~username, will be moving to their own web site at http://people.oregonstate.edu/~username on Sept. 14. What do you need to do?  Update any information that references your previous page by replacing http://oregonstate.edu/~username with http://people.oregonstate.edu/~username.  We will automatically redirect requests from the old web site to the new web site. We do not expect these changes to impact your current site.  In the event that your site is no longer functional, please first check your site for places where you will need to specify people.oregonstate.edu and update your configuration.  If your site is still not functioning, please open a help ticket at: https://access.cws.oregonstate.edu/helpticket/visitors/entry/ and select “Systems” as the General Subject.

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program. Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Sept. 28. The program limits to two the number of proposals that can be submitted by OSU for the RET program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office and full details for the NSF-RET program can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ret.html Letters of Intent should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Facilities Services is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator 2.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Sept.14.

Transit & Parking Services sixth annual Car in the Jar contest! Please come by our office located at 100 Adams Hall to view the cars in the jar and guess how many there are to win a free annual parking permit. The winner’s name will be drawn Oct 15.

Fall 2009-2010 parking permits are now on sale at Transit & Parking Services.  For all the parking permit updates, access the information online at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html Click on either the ‘staff & faculty’ or ‘student’ located under the ‘parking permits’ for the correct forms to fill out.  The OSU ID card is required for purchasing any permit.  Term permits are also available.

Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position as Vice President for Research. This position reports to the President. For details go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting number 0004640. This position closes Oct. 27.

Traffic and Maintenance

Weniger Hall: Due to construction related to the Weniger Hall second floor renovation project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. The work should be completed by 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

Campus core: OSU will be welcoming approximately 4000 students on campus Sept. 20 to Sept. 22.  Traffic will be very congested in the campus core particularly in the vicinity of Buxton/Hawley.  Student/Visitor parking spaces surrounding residential facilities will serve as 30-minute unloading zones, and the staff/faculty spaces on Jefferson between Fairbanks and 30th will be closed for move-in.

Waldo Hall: Due to the renovation project at Waldo hall, 14 motorcycle, two loading dock, and two reserved spaces in the parking lot south of Waldo Hall will be temporarily shutdown. The ADA space in this parking lot will remain open during this time. This shutdown should end by Dec. 15.

Adams; Ag Life Sciences, Cascade Hall, Crop Science, Dearborn, EH&S Annex, Heat Plant, Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Kerr, Magruder Hall, Milne Computer Center, Own Hall, Plageman, Reser, Richardson, Peavy, Valley Library: In association with required annual generator maintenance, Facilities Services will be performing load and service testing for the above listed buildings.  During this time building generators will be operating for a two-hour duration.  The engine noise may vary by building and proximity. The testing should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 15.


Just when thoughts started turning to wool sweaters and crackling fires, summer is back and more gorgeous than ever. Today’s high will reach 92, and this weekend will see more sunny skies and warm temperatures, so get outside and enjoy the beauty.

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